Walking Virtually, Land’s End to John O’Groats

The Conqueror Virtual Challenges: LEJOG Virtual Fitness Challenge . Length of UK, 1083 miles or 1744.2 KM.

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November 23, 2020. Rotary Trail & Milton Mile, 3.28+1.7 = 4.98, rounded to 5k. Surely I walked an additional .02 today. Rotary Trail is short, flat except for stairs in & out, paved, scenic, & historic. A+ for use of civic space. Well, actual grade depends on how the space ultimately gets used. No idea about that. Nice design.

Virtually, Clyst St. Mary, A3052. All of the search links are booking &/or travel sites, so I’m thinking major tourist area? Streetview camera heading in opposite direction from us.

***Procedural change*** Before this, border was color-picked from medal image. Switching to official colors. UK National Colours same as flag, Wiki. UK uses British Standard Colour rather than hex. Estimates for hex colors vary across the Internet. I went with Color Experts Intl & Wiki b/c they had the prettiest colors and most believable red. Blue, 012169. Red, C8102E.

November 23, 2020. Two horse walks, 6 laps -> 3.4 km. Day dreaming, forgot about IRL pic. Virtually, more English town names to marvel at. Passed Starcross, Pictures of England, & Cockwood, Visit South Devon. Team Total 234.8 K.

November 21, 2020. Today 3 laps 1.7 km. Virtually, Shaldon. Team total 219.5 km.

November 20, 2020. Milton mile, 1.7 km + extra mileage from this week’s bling walk on Vulcan Trail, 1.15 miles -> 1.85 km = 3.55 km, logged as 3.5 km. [Magic City]

Virtually, Maidencombe. ” … mentioned in the Domesday Book, 1086 … with large boulders occasionally plumeting to the shore below (mainly in winter) …” Torquay – A Local Guide: Maidencombe. Team total 214.4.

November 19, 2020. Today Hand walk both horses, 3.4 km. Ears were not easy to get. One hand to hold horse and keep head point in right direction, one hand to hold camera and focus on ear, nonexistent third hand to make noise to get ears up. Bay ear was even harder, since every time we stopped, he made stallion noises at me.

Virtually, Paignton, on the English Riviera. “Originally a Celtic settlement, Paignton was a fishing village right up until the 19th century when the harbour was built. The arrival of the railway in 1859 brought crowds of visitors and the town quickly became a favourite tourist destination for the Victorians.” Visit South Devon: Paignton. Team total 203.5.

November 18, 2020. Today Milton & Me mile, 1.7 km.

Virtually, still on the A38. I can’t imagine driving, or even being a passenger, on a highway with the cars passing you on the wrong side. Team total 178.5 km.

November 17, 2020. Today Milton & Me mile, 1.7 km. Virtually, Devon Expressway, A38. I hope we aren’t on the highway for too long. Had enough of that on Route 66. From the map, we appear to be cutting off chunk of land and will be back on the coast shortly. We will bypass Dartmouth. That would be weird to visit. Team total 167.3 km.

Plymouth Hoe

November 16, 2020. Today Milton & Me mile, 1.7 km. Virtually, Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, entering Devonport Park. Having crossed the River Tamar, we have left Cornwall and are now in Devon. Team total 148.2.

November 13, 2020. Today weekly 5k. Richard Wood Park, Thorsby AL. Park has 1/3km walking trail, flat, paved, concrete loop. My knees found it to be a hard surface. Did not count endless laps; I leave that to GPS.

Virtually, East Looe. “It has been a holiday resort for more than 200 years, and has relayed more heavily on the tourist industry since its pilchard canning factory closed in the sixties.” Cornwall Guide: Looe. Team total 125.3 km.

November 12, 2020. Today 3 pasture laps, 1.73 km tracked. Logged as 1.7 since program does not except 100ths of km. Officially declaring 3 laps to equal 1.7 km.

Virtually, ya gotta love English names. Leggyfoot Farm. The town of St Veep, named after a Saint that even the Catholic Church knows little about, “In records the saint appears inconsistently as male or female; the ‘unusual degree of confusion about the saint’s gender suggests that, by the later middle ages, the name was largely that of a place-name rather than a saint with an active cult.'” Catholic Online: Saints & Angels, St. Veep. Team total 115.1.

November 11, 2020, part II. Today, again. 24 minutes, estimate 24/15 = 1.6 km. Walked in am. Tired during day. Ended up walking in afternoon anyway. Thus definitively answering whether it is better for me to walk in the morning or evening. My daily mile is as much about unwinding mentally as it is about exercise.

Virtually, approaching Fowey. Team total 108.3.

November 11, 2020 Today 3 pasture laps, 1.67 km tracked, program would not except 100ths of km, rounded up to 1.7 since that was yesterday’s GPS. Virtually, passed the Eden Project. Team total 106.7 km.

November 10, 2020 Today 3 pasture laps, 1.7 km tracked.

November 9, 2020 Today 3 pasture laps, approx 1.6 km. Virtually, Probus. “It has the tallest church tower in Cornwall.” Wiki: Probus, Cornwall. I like kilometers. They accumulate faster. Team Total 78.5 km.

November 8, 2020 Today 3 pasture laps -> 1 mile -> 1.6 km, approx. Virtually, passed Truro, following the Tresillian River. Truro “is Cornwall’s county town and only city.” Wiki: Truro. Team Total 73.4 km.

November 7, 2020 Today 1.5 km, walking home from aborted bike ride. [GOR 11/7]

November 6, 2020 Today 2 km, Lake Cosby Park. .85 loop, with options, flat, paved/gravel, trees. Points for scenic.

Virtually, Praze an Beeble, home of the St Aubyn family, the folks at St. Michael Mount, 11/5 St Aubyn Arms. Team total 43.1 km.

November 5, 2020 Today first Milton & Me mile, tracked at 1.02, translates to 1.64 km. Virtually, Goldsithney. Turned away from the coast, now heading northeast on B3280/W End. Team total 34 km.

Passed this at 19 miles/30+ km. Time delay video of tide over walkway, St Michael’s Mount. People live there, St Aubyn Family. “The north side of the island is also home to around 30 people” Britain: St Michael’s Mount: 10 facts by Martha Alexander, Cornwall Live: Meet the ordinary family living in a castle on St Michael’s Mount by Tom Gainey, 2017.

November 4, 2020 Today 5k. My weekly 5k. Joe Tucker park. 0.5 mile walking path around lake. Flat – mostly, paved. [Lake Reflections, Joe Tucker Park]

Virtually, program not good about telling the town. Map indicates we are east of Penzance, probably the town of Marazion. “Marazion is one of the oldest chartered towns in the UK. The first charter of incorporation was granted by Henry III in 1257 and was reaffirmed on 13th June 1595 by Queen Elizabeth I.” History of Marazion. Beach off to the right past the large patch of grass. Team total 28.8 km.

November 3, 2020 Today 3 laps of the pasture, 1.7 km tracked. Virtually Castallack Farm. Looks like a former stables. Team total 14.9 km, 0.9%.

November 2, 2020 Start. Today 3 laps of the pasture = 1 mile = 1.7 km, approx. Virtually, B3315 heading west. Team total 9.7 km. Update on 11/8, not sure what I was mathing. 1 mile is 1.609 kilometers. However three laps can be +/- one mile depending on the route & mood the the GPS. So the mileage right, even if the math is wrong.

“Land’s End is located eight miles west of Penzance at the end of the A30 … It is the most westerly point in mainland Britain … Although the cliffs immediately to the east and west of Land’s End are owned by the National Trust, Land’s End itself is owned by a private company … The tourist complex is one of Cornwall’s most popular destinations.” The Cornwall Guide: Land’s End

Tourist center. Scenic overhead video clips, Land’s End. They will put your town on the signpost, but you have to pay for it, “A local photography company still owns and operates the Signpost today.” Land’s End: The Iconic Signpost

Hiker blog. “It is so touristy that the famous ‘Land’s End signpost’ is owned by a professional photographer who does not allow individuals to take pictures of it with their own camera – you have to pay for that privilege.” The Big Trip: John O’Groats to Land’s End: South West Coast Path, 2011.
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